The Science of the Happy Workplace

The happy workplace drives creativity and productivity. The evidence from many scientific studies shows that some of what is believed about driving organizational success, like salaries, play a limited role.
The elimination of annual performance reviews by many leading Global 2000 companies over the past few years indicates that there is a shift in thinking about “human capital.” The shift requires “Human Resources” organizations to adopt a people-centric view. It also shows that “HR” cannot improve workplace productivity without effective leadership that creates trusted and safe environments.

Massive Employment Changes on the Horizon

This shift of human resource prioritization cannot come too soon. Increasing automation and the use of artificial intelligence threatens to disrupt work as we know it. This is the “future of work.” Economists do not agree on whether the new work system will result in long-term unemployment or not. It is clear that the transition to cognitive computing enhanced jobs, with the reduction in manufacturing employment and the rise of the “gig economy” will play havoc on wellbeing. Perceptions of job insecurity will increase.

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